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The University Communications Public Relations team drives strategic outreach and engagement in support of internal and external communications for UC San Diego, while also contributing to content development in collaboration with University Communications Strategy colleagues.
University Communications PR professionals are expert storytellers who utilize best-in-class internal and external communications channels to deliver the unique stories of each of the University's schools, seven colleges and medical center. The PR function drives earned media efforts by cultivating and leveraging relationships with key regional, vertical and global media to elevate the university's profile of prestige, distinction and global leadership in research, medicine, science, engineering, technology, policy, management, the arts and more. The PR team also leads communications for the university's distinguished research centers and institutes, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Qualcomm Institute and leading collaborations in robotics, energy, materials discovery and design and other emerging areas.
Additionally, the University Communications PR team serves as a critical resource for communications strategy and support for staff and faculty engagement communications initiatives in support of the university's advancement, student affairs, human resources and library functions by integrating and aligning with strategic university priorities and initiatives. Crisis communications are managed through this team.
The Assistant Director of Communications, serves as a communications and media relations professional for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, providing the full range of communications services and advice to the leadership team with Halicioglu Data Science Institute. The Assistant Director reports to the Senior Executive Director of Public Relations with a dotted line to Chief Administrative Officer within Halicioglu Data Science Institute. This position develops communications strategies in coordination with University Communications & Public Affairs colleagues and in sync with Halicioglu Data Science Institute objectives.
Working independently, and in consultation with the Senior Executive Director of Public Relations, creates and implements strategic communications plans and projects for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns. The Assistant Director of Communications promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and acts in accordance with the principles of community. Provides superior customer service to internal and external constituents. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to advance the mission and goals of the organization. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications.
Performs a wide range of duties in the following areas: media relations, editing and writing news releases and features for various university publications, communications for web pages and other electronic media, community outreach, marketing plans and implementation, social media, special events and supervision of communications interns. Manages department in absence of director. Works and collaborates regularly with other senior staff to shape, create, and develop external and internal institutional relations objectives and positions. Emphasis is on maintaining excellent relations with campus leadership, faculty and staff of the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, and with local, regional, national and international news media, devising creative story pitches, and proactively seeking media placements.
Evening and weekend work occasionally required.
Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.
Experience or demonstrated ability to provide communications support to campus leadership or executives.
Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom - life is their laboratory. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.
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